Congratulations kay Gail Darwin Pranada Manalo mula sa Ma. Aurora sa pagiging No. 1 niya sa nakaraang Metallurgical Engineering Board Exam na ginanap nitong Agosto 2008. Si Darwin ay nagtapos sa university of the Philippines – Diliman. Siya ay produkto ng Mount Carmel High School – Maria Aurora. Isang standing ovation para kay Darwin!
The father-and-son tandem of Senator Edgardo Angara and Rep. Juan Eduardo is pushing for the passage of a bill that will create a ninth municipality in Aurora province and jumpstart its development.
House Bill 3255, creating a municipality to be named after Lt. Gov. Juan C. Angara from nine remote towns, is now pending before the House committee on local government chaired by Negros Oriental Rep. George Arnaiz.
The measure stated that establishing the municipality will enable residents of the barangays to chart their own destiny.
Critics have slammed the proposal, claiming it will just perpetuate the Angaras as a political dynasty and it would divide this town which is not an Angara bailiwick.
Senator Angara said the new municipality is named in honor of his fatherâ€™s service to the province as the longest serving mayor of Baler under the Commonwealth and lieutenant governor of the sub-province of Aurora. â€œIf you will not name the new town after him, after whom will you have it named?â€ he asked.
He also said the barangays covered by the measure have long been neglected. The current Aurora governor is the senatorâ€™s sister, Bellaflor Angara-Castillo. (Ferdie G. Domingo)
Para sa inyong kaalaman, ang House Bill 3255 ay nagpapanukala ng pagkakaroon ng ika-9 na bayan sa Aurora. Ito ay tatawaging Dr. Juan C. Angara at may laking 20,102 ektarya. Ang sasakupin nito ay siyam (9) na barangay sa Maria Aurora: Dianawan, Decoliat, Galintuja, San Juan, Suguit, Bazal, Punglo, Villa Aurora at Dialatnan.
Matagal na ito. Ngayun lang ako nagka-oras para ayusin at i-upload ang mga pictures. Nuung July 20, kasabay sa pagdiriwang ng fiesta ng Ma. Aurora ay ginanap ang Rang-ay Festival, isang paligsahan sa street dancing. Ang Rang-ay ay salitang Ilokano na ang ibig sabihin ay “progress” o kaunlaran. Ito ang ibig isabuhay sa pagdiriwang ng okasyong ito. Maraming elementary at high school na grupo ang sumali dito. Ang bisitang pandangal ay si Marc Loga ng ABS-CBN.
Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura and Aurora Provincial Governor Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo signed the grant contract for â€œThe Project for Upgrading of Maria Aurora Community Hospitalâ€ at the Embassy of Japan on March 14, 2008.
Ma. Aurora Community Hospital (MACH) in the municipality of Ma. Aurora, Aurora province lacks the necessary medical equipment to provide health services to its 40,000 residents. It is classified as an infirmary with a 15-bed capacity, but due to the volume of patients it actually operates as a 25-bed hospital. The hospital receives around 5,000 patients per year, most of whom are indigents. Most of the equipment currently in use by the hospital are already outmoded and dilapidated thus affecting the quality of health service rendered to patients. For example, due to the absence of appropriate laboratory equipment more than 33 percent of patients had to go to other hospitals and private clinics for their blood chemistry analysis which increases the cost of treatment.
With the US$61,300 grant from the Embassy of Japanâ€™s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects or GGP, MACH will be able to procure new medical equipment such as laboratory tools, medical instruments, beds, delivery and examination tables and nursing equipment which would boost its capacity to provide adequate, appropriate and accessible health service to residents. On top of that, it will also construct a waste treatment facility to improve the hospitalâ€™s sanitary condition, and a powerhouse complete with a generator to provide ample supply of electricity to the hospital even during emergency situations.
GGP was launched in the Philippines in 1989 to reduce poverty and help various communities engaged in grassroots activities. As of 2007, 399 small-scale grassroots projects funded by GGPâ€“ ranging in cost from roughly PhP 1 to 4 million â€“ have been implemented by NGOs, local government units, and other non-profit organizations. For more information about GGP and/or how to apply for grant assistance, interested organizations may visit the Embassy of Japanâ€™s website at www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp (click â€œJapanâ€™s ODA to the Philippinesâ€).
Although it has a wide rice production areaâ€”11,280 hectares in allâ€”Aurora province has always run short of certified palay seeds.
The â€œBinhian sa Lalawiganâ€ project, an idea of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, seeks to ease the shortage.
In the project, to be launched on Jan. 11 in Ma. Aurora town, the DA has allocated P15.177 million from out of the GMA rice program. The Aurora provincial government and Sen. Edgardo Angara have put in P7 million in counterpart funds.
Aurora Province and the Prelature of Infanta mourns the passing of one of it’s humble servant Fr. Edwin C. Agapay. Fr. Edwin served as the parish priest of Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler and San Luis since his arrival at the Prelature in 1987. His last assignment was as Rector at St. Joseph Seminary at Quezon City and a Professor at Maryhill School of Theology. He passed away on October 15 at the age of 51.
His wake is being held at Heritage Memorial, Global City. Interment will be on October 18, 2007.
More info about Father Edwin:
Born: May 15, 1956 at Liliw, Laguna
Education: Liliw Elementary School (1969)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary (High School – 1973)
San Carlos Seminary (College – 1977)
Licensiate in Sacred Theology, Academia Alfonsiana (Rome)
Magna Cum Laude (1983)
Ordination: August 22, 1981
Arrival at the Prelature of Infanta: 1987. Assigned at Dipaculao, Maria Aurora,
Baler, San Luis
Rector – St. Joseph Seminary Q.C.
Professor – Maryhill School of Theology
Info from: Mount Carmel College and Baler Parish Office.
Check out these two blogs from the neighbor – Maria Aurora, Aurora.
Batang Balete – Ang pangunahing adhikain ng blog na ito ay upang magkaroon ng ugnayan ang bawat mag-aaral na nagtapos sa ECRMNHS o upang makibalita sa mga nangyari o kalagayan ng mga dating ka-eskuela sa ECRMNHS (dating QBHS at QNHS). Ito rin ay upang makahalubilong muli ng mga magkakamag-aral ang bawat isa sa pamamagitan ng internet. Layunin din ng blog na ito na ma-abot ang kinaroroonan ng mga mamamayan ng Quirino, Maria Aurora, Aurora o mga karatig barangay noon, ngayon o sa kasalukuyan. Welcome din ang mga mga mamamayan ng Detailen, Debucao, Dikildit, Sta. Lucia o kahit sinong nais na makisali bastaâ€™t nais tumulong sa pag-abot ng aming layunin. (my note: the choice of name was inspired!)
Maria Aurora Province – Showing the beauty of Maria Aurora-Aurora Province Worldwide. I hope their blog name does not imply that they’re planning to apply for provincehood.